I would like to try and compile a list of reputable LED manufacturers that aren’t common knowledge or ones that won’t show up on a standard “LED Manufacturer” google search or the “Top 10 LED Makers” lists.
I’ve got @dbrn32 who is going to help make the list, if anybody knows anyone else or has a recommendation, please post them in here. The manufacturer can make low budget or super high-end lights, it doesn’t matter. I would like hopefully see this permanently in the forum for all people to see when they come looking for recommendations so they don’t have to spend hours researching or asking as many questions.
BlackDog LED Flagship - Phytomax 2 1000 “1050 Watt, 930 μmol/m²s @ 29” w/ 4x4 area" $2,279.00 5 year warranty
-Kudos to blackdog, I had a friend who ordered 3 400 series phytomax lights, unfortunately they were out and on backorder for both 400 and 600’s so they offered a discount of $100 on a refurbished only unboxed 400 and $500 off on two of their 800 phytomax’s. These guys might be pricier than the competition, but their customer support and willingness to work with customers seems to be amazing!
Fluence Flagship - Spyder2i “630 Watts, 1060 μmol/m²s @ 6” w/ 4x4 area" $1,500.00 1 year warranty
Timber Grow Light Flagship - Fatty VS “900 Watt, 905 μmol/m²s @ 18” w/ 5x5 Area, available in 3k, 3.5k and 4k spectrum" $1299.00 3 year warranty
Grow Northern Flagship - Telos 10 “300 Watt, 470 μmol/m²s @ 23” w/ 80cm x 80cm Area, 3k" £433.33, 3 year warranty
ChilLED Tech Flagship - GEN2 Commercial 800 Watt “800 Watts, 1000+ μmol/m²s @ <32” mounting height w/ a 4x4 space covered" $1,999.00
Boasts tons of useful features including white viewing mode.
-I emailed chilled tech about their PPFD readings at specific heights for this model and I’m currently awaiting a response to provide a more accurate statement for this model.
-Received a response in a timely manner from the company, they are currently awaiting parts to construct more LEDS and will actually be publishing PPFD charts on their website shortly!
Amare Technology Flagship - SolarPro SP900 (Pro9) “901 Watts 980 μmol/m²s @ 24” Mounting Height / 788 μmol/m²s @ 36" Mounting Height, Covers 4x4 Area, 5-Year Warranty" $1,995.00
-They responded back to my email to provide these specifications and also mentioned they would be releasing the SolarBar SB800 (Bar8) this coming week. Designed for commercial cannabis cultivation, it features efficiency and flexibility with up to 2.7J electrical efficiency with a recommended mounting distance of the plant canopy of 6-60" with their optical lenses that can be mounted on their lights. (Heights without Lense: 6"-18" / Height with lenses 24"-48") giving it the ability to accommodate both single and multi-tier setups.
SolarBar SB800 (Bar8) - Watts 898W (dimmable), Spectrum is their 95cri enhanced white spectrum, 7.18A @ 110V, 3.59A @ 220V,
Electrical Efficiency: 2.7J@660w
PPF: 1780 μmol,
PPFD (4x4): 1100μmol/m²s@660w & 1280μmol/m²s@898w
LEDs: Samsung LM301B/Olson Square Series
Drivers: Meanwell (Dimmable)
Certications: DLC and Pending UL
Coverage: (Flower) 4x4@6-9" & 5x5@18" (Veg) 5x8 @ 20"
Keep in mind the above listed are the highest end products each company produces and their respective prices. They also offer lower-end LEDs that are perfect for growers on here as well that either don’t have the budget or don’t want to pay high prices for LEDs.
μmol/m²s (Often referred to as PPFD on reputable company’s websites) required for the bottom threshold of optimal photosynthesis without Co2 supplementation:
18/6 schedule: 339.5 μmol/m²s (Veg) - DLI of 22
12/12 schedule: 509.25 μmol/m²s (Flower) - DLI of 22